10 Sep '12, 3pm

Women in Congress Could Hit 20% this Fall

Women in Congress Could Hit 20% this Fall

With a record number of women now running for seats in both the U.S. House and Senate, The 2012 Project, a national, nonpartisan campaign of the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) at Rutgers University, launched “20 Percent in 2012” a new campaign with the goal of seeing 20% of our elected representatives in Congress women. To get to 20% (a total 107 women in the House and Senate) would require a 3 percentage point jump from the current 17 percent of women elected to Congress. That would mean the largest rate of growth in electoral parity since 1992, a year known widely as the “Year of the Woman.” “It’s an ambitious goal,” said CAWP director Debbie Walsh, “but it’s within reach – so we’re putting out the word that it’s possible. The task is converting a record number of candidates into a record number of winners.” With women still on the ballot in four states th...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/could-congress-be-20-female-a...

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